Monday, 3 November 2014
We race (electronically) and the loser has to bake a cake to feed the office.
Why? Because we like cake.
Who? Everyone in the office. No one gets out of it. When? 1st Monday of the month. The rules: you make the cake yourself, without any help. You can't 'repeat' a cake. Your cake will be judged on presentation, difficulty and taste, and marked out of 10 by each colleague. When you have baked 3 cakes, you are out of the competition for 1 year.
‘Strawberry Surprise’ by Smritee. After 2 years of getting away with not making a cake this was Smritee’s second cake in 3 months! There were very high expectations for this cake, with Smritee’s ‘Chocolate Cherry Gateaux’ cake currently holding the joint top place on the leader board, and she didn’t disappoint. Following the Cake Monday rules, Smritee went for a completely different cake to her previous one with this delightful strawberry cake but kept with the fruity theme. The recipe itself was complicated, involving a fresh strawberry puree made by Smritee, which was used in both the cake itself and the icing. The sponge was created using two mixtures one with flour and egg yolks that was folded in to a mix of egg white meringue to improve fluffiness. It had a fresh cream and strawberry centre and was covered in strawberry icing, strawberries and sprinkles.
The Verdict: Overall, this cake was loved by all of the Enterprise staff and with no scores below 6, this sprinkled cake cheered up a cold Monday morning. Feedback was that it was a complicated cake which was very well presented but many marks were lost because the icing was a bit runny. The cake was very sweet, which lost a few marks, but made up for it with the members of the team who have a sweet tooth. The pretty pink cake was a hit and has left the team feeling light and fluffy.
Strawberry Surprise Average Score: 7.8.
Smritee is now on the leader board twice with her only two cakes, go Smritee!
Next time: After only joining the company in October Jamie O will be making his Cake Monday debut in December, we are hoping for a Christmassy theme!